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Fitness centre opens after arena wall collapse
The Delta fire department gave the go-ahead to re-open the Ladner Leisure Centre’s fitness area Tuesday afternoon following the collapse of the building’s exterior wall last Thursday. However, the ice arena, cycle-fit studio, and rear parking lot all remain closed as emergency exits are still inaccessible.
Corporation of Delta Chief Administrative Office George Harvie said no one was injured when a section of the building’s facade detached and came crashing down to the ground near the facility’s back parking lot at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
“Fortunately, no injuries were sustained during this incident and all emergency protocols were followed, including the immediate evacuation of patrons and staff,” said Harvie.
An engineering firm conducted assessment of the damage and began work to stabilize on the exterior facade this past week.
The customer service area and all pools at the Ladner Leisure Centre remain open under their normal hours of operation.
Meanwhile, municipal staff are working with sport groups affected by the temporary ice arena closure to make alternate arrangements.
The Delta Ice Hawks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League had to have their home playoff game on Tuesday moved to Sungod Arena in North Delta.
The arena is also the training facility for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. The team is currently on the road in Alberta, and are scheduled to return home on Saturday, March 1.
The Giants’ Vice President of Operation Peter Toigo said the team will be able practice at Pacific Coliseum, where the team plays its home games, and doesn’t anticipate any disruptions.
Delta Mayor Lois Jackson said she was shocked to learn of the building’s partial collapse.
“All of our buildings are really well taken care of, so we’re having difficulty understanding why there was no indication something like this might happen,” said Jackson. “There were no cracks, no moss, no pooling of water. This wasn’t a case of neglect, which is why everyone is so surprised.”
The building is close to 30 years old, and had its roof replaced more than five years ago.
While the investigation is in the preliminary stages, Jackson said it appears the damage isn’t structural.
“It’s like the siding on your house,” she said. “It’s not like there were collapsed steel girders.”